Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Simple Summer Squash-as-a-Side

Speaking of squash... I know my last post was on Squash & Fresh Basil Pasta, and my next post will be on Zucchini Frittata, so this post I wanted to share a simple side dish that's one of my favorite "go-to's" during the week, especially in the summer months when squash is SO plentiful! Here is an updated version of "Summer Squash as a Side".... then after that, I promise my next dish will not have any squash!!!

3-4 small summer squash
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
Sea Salt
Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil

Added Options, per your preference if you want them:
1 TBSP butter
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
a handful of shredded Parmesan Cheese

Chop 1/4 of a red onion, and put it in a frying pan with a drizzle of oil (and your TBSP of butter if desired). Saute the onion for about 2-3 minutes until tender or browned. While that is going on, wash your squash, cut off the ends, slice the squash down the middle and then cut it into 1/2 pieces. Once your onion is tender, add your clove of garlic and put the squash in the pan and let brown for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so not to burn. In the last minute or two, throw a handful of shredded parmesan cheese on top and cover it with a lid to help it melt- or leave it plain- and serve as a side dish! It's delish!!!

Options to serve it with...
Serve this dish with chicken or beef, it's a quickie, so it comes in handy in a pinch! You can also grill strips of it on the BBQ if you already have that going and when you pull it off, you can throw some cheese on it to melt while it is still piping hot!

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